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R2UK 2019 - My 1st R2UK

posted 20 Aug 2019, 10:31 by Mike Filippidis

I wanted to write about my trip to R2UK to say thank you to everyone for sorting it out and letting me come.

I saw a little track droid at Scarborough sci-fi this year and Tim said I could have a go on it but I had to go home before I had a chance. Since then it has been really exciting to build one with my Dad. Ours is green and black and called D3 5A or Andy for short. I am making one as well that is going to look like a pokeball from Pokemon and I want it to fire a pokeball from its eye.

Dad said that we were going to race the track droid at R2UK this year, so I wanted to come along and race as well. We even had to move our holiday 2 days forward, so we were home in time.

I missed the 1st day and came on day 2 & 3 which was Saturday and Sunday.

In the track droid race, I came fifth and every other track droid racer was 20/30 years older than me. I even beat Uncle Julian, but his droid broke. Apart from Andy my favourite track droid was Wrigley. I really wanted to win the trophy but it was lots of fun driving in the final and it was Sam’s birthday and the trophy was broken and glued together anyway, I might ask Dad if he can print me a 5th place trophy. We sang happy birthday to Sam. When we got home from R2UK me & Dad put a boost in Andy and a battery indicator, he goes much faster now, I did tell Dad he should have done it before the race but he says we ran out of time.

  

There was a treasure hunt to do as well, we had to search EVERYWHERE for pictures of people from star wars and there was a prize for the person that found the most. I met a new friend, his name is Jack, his Dad is called Wiz, we played together for most of the weekend and we teamed up and worked together to find them. We found 27, someone said there were 28 altogether. We got a sticker book and stickers from Solo each for finding them. 

I had pizza and chips for lunch and a Fanta because Mummy wasn’t there and fish and chips for tea then we talked to some people on the TV. Dad said they were in California but I’m sure that they said they were in America. They were a little bit interesting but I played a game on my phone for some of it.

I went to a talk on droids in the movies which was like a movie itself, I saw Poe jump over a mouse droid. I missed a bit because I needed a wee in the middle but Dad said I didn’t miss much. I didn’t go into the next talk as it was about making things dirty which didn’t sound as good. I let dad go in with Uncle Julio, they said I already know how to make things dirty anyway.

Everyone was really friendly and one man even let me ride on his droid, Dad looked really worried till he saw that the man said it was ok. Another man let me inside his droid.

 
I also got my picture taken with a biker scout, a wookiee and C3 PO. The wookiee was funny and put his hand on my dads head so it looked like he had hair.

There was a raffle and I really wanted the Sphero R2D2, Dad really wanted a Leeduino, I don’t know why, the Sphero R2D2 is REALLY cool and the Leeduino sucks. Dad bought A LOT of raffle tickets and I got the R2D2 because all the people before me picked something else. Dad got the Leeduino and some printer filament as well.

I saw D-O as well, Dad says we can make one of those too, he’s soooo cute. He says I’ve got to do more of the sanding though. I can do the sanding but I’m not very good, Dad says that’s why I should do it to get more practice


I had a really good weekend and am really looking forward to going again next year. Dad says as long as we know when the day will be before Christmas we can wait till then to book our holiday so we won’t miss it.


 
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Report Submitted by Xander McCann, aged 8¾

Birmingham MCM Comic Con 2019

posted 30 Mar 2019, 01:14 by Mike Filippidis

Once again the UK R2D2 Builders were invited to join the UK Garrison at Birmingham MCM Expo, along with other costuming groups such as the Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs, the 15th Cyber Legion, Silver Sabres, and Reel Icons. Also this time the UK Garrison agreed to support our charity, Meningitis Now, one that is close to the hearts of the R2 Builders.


Most droids turned up on Friday to help with the setup of the stand. As usual, Birmingham MCM had a great turn out of droids and builders, and the UK Garrison had allotted us a nice space with plenty of room to display them. The stand certainly proved popular over the weekend.


Once the doors opened the usual shenanigans began. Droids went for a wander around, lots of photos being taken, and Jawas avoided. (You've got to keep an eye on those pesky Jawas, they'll take anything that isn't nailed down including a droid!). As always, the droids went down a treat and I'm sure every droid wrangler there will have a case of builders grin for quite a while.



We also had a visit from an old friend, C3PO, who came around to pose for a few photo shoots. Both the attendees and the builders were happy to see him. 



Both days we managed to take part in the UK Garrison parade, where all the costuming groups would troop through the middle of the convention to let everyone take pictures, followed by a massive group picture at the end. 

These weekends are always very exhausting, but so much fun. This time we also managed to raise a whopping £2351.53 for Meningitis Now. Hopefully, this will aid in their battle to raise awareness, research vaccines, and support those who have lost loved ones. 



Written By: D.Poulson
Edited By: Flipside

Read the entire report on the forum.

Event For R2 Builders Only, sorry everyone else ;)

posted 28 Jul 2017, 09:27 by Mike Filippidis   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 02:05 ]

Check the Forum and Facebook for more information builders! 

Wings and Wheels (2017)

posted 2 Jul 2017, 13:36 by Fliposide   [ updated 2 Jul 2017, 13:37 ]


This year was the 31st year of Wings and Wheels and marked several years of the R2 Builders and Dalek builders attending.  The event started on a chilly Saturday morning which warmed up by early lunchtime. 

It had a variety of RC models from tanks to boats to trucks, although the main focus was on RC planes, and there were lots of planes.  

The planes vary from props to EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) to jet engines.

There was even an 87% scale RC plane.


Steve Martin sorted out the R2 Builders and Dalek Builders and Vince Martyn brought his caravan and awnings for us to use as shelter if required. 


On the Sat as well as Steve, Vince, Chris Osbourne and Oliver Steeples attended with their droids to show off to the public.  On Sunday Chris and Oliver were replaced with Adam and his Wall-E.

 For anyone interested in RC this is a great event, although come with your shopping list so you know what to buy from all the stands.


Reported By Oliver Steeples.

Sci-Fi Scarborough (2016)

posted 11 Aug 2016, 05:27 by Mike Filippidis   [ updated 11 Aug 2016, 05:29 ]



The R2 Builders return to the excellent Sci-Fi Scarborough Annual Convention! The event was over the whole weekend (9th -10th April) at the World famous Spa Complex. This histrionic venue is truly beautiful with multiple halls and connecting corridors filled with stores and costume groups, guaranteed to please.


The Show is going from strength to strength each and the organizers (Stephen Dickinson and Andrew Harness) have already planned future events well into 2018 and we hope we be there for ever one!


R2-D2 and R2-X2 Enjoying the Sea Side

R2-M80 Getting involved in a Jedi duel!


The Main hall consisted of a stores and traders and the front of this hall is main stage with programmed events throughout the day. The connecting corridors are also lined with traders and Cosplay groups, including the UK R2 Builders.  



Upstairs the in the ball room are various photo ops and Prop builders showing their amazing skills.


Looking forward to next year already, see you there!

The UK R2D2 Builders head North!

posted 26 Mar 2015, 11:05 by Mike Filippidis   [ updated 26 Mar 2015, 11:09 ]


Another first event for the builders, this time an invite to attend the Scarborough Sci-Fi Convention, the event spanned over the entire weekend of the 14th and 15th of March.

The location was extraordinarily picturesque with it being nestled along the beautiful if rather chilly North Yorkshire coastline and overlooked by the equally impressive ruins of the 11th century Scarborough castle.

The event itself was held within The Spa complex on the Scarborough Seafront, an unusual shaped building, but as it turned out, perfect “droiding” territory with lots of slopes connecting the lower floor rooms and lifts for mounting top floor droid assaults.

Scarborough Sci-Fi was a very well thought out event with a wide range of traders and signers from all genres of the Sci-Fi world including some of the more rarely seen artists.


The upper floor held a real treat for Gerry Anderson fans with a large section of the floor being dedicated to all aspects of his TV shows ranging from the legendary Thunderbirds right through to the more obscure Space precinct.





The weekend was a great fun packed event with plenty to see and do, whether it be grabbing an autograph or two or just watching the plethora of cosplayers showing off their brilliant homemade costumes.

The UK R2D2 builders received a very warm welcome both by organisers and visitors alike and the club members were bombarded with questions and compliments in equal measure for the duration of the event with some of the smaller visitors being so fascinated by these little droids that they spent so much time asking “why?” and “how?” that I’m sure their parents must have missed great chunks of the event.

            

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable event, the Artic temperatures were quickly forgotten with the warmth of the hospitality of the North Yorkshire people.

The Builders Club will always remember Scarborough Sci-Fi with great fondness and we look forward for next year!


  Reported by: Colin Barker

F.A.C.T.S 2014, Ghent, Belgium.

posted 22 Oct 2014, 04:02 by Mike Filippidis   [ updated 22 Oct 2014, 06:03 ]




Eight UK R2 builders crossed the Channel to meet up with their European counterparts and meet at the excellent Flanders Expo centre in Ghent, Belgium.
The Event was F.A.C.T.S 2014!








More than 20 droids were displayed in total from most of western Europe and the U.K

Thousands of visitors enjoyed seeing, chatting and having photos with the droids. A variety of droids were on display of different R-series and colours. Both days included the the now customary "Droid Parade" where we all drive around the venue en mass, so all can see and we get to show off a little!
See you again there next year and thanks for having us F.A.C.T.S! 

Tongham Village Fete

posted 24 Aug 2014, 05:45 by Mike Filippidis   [ updated 24 Aug 2014, 06:00 ]

Attended the 
Tongham Village Fete  in support of the Rebel Legion and UKG. Costumed characters and R2 totalled 9 with a mix of Jedi, Scout Trooper, Vader, Captain Rex and Padme (A.O.T.C costume). 

A good turnout of the local community with an estimated 1500-2000 people over the course of the afternoon. Great feedback from the public for the team that turned out and lots of interest in R2, with the usual build questions, photo op's and potentially a few new builders join the group!

Attending Memorabilia at the NEC!

posted 20 Mar 2014, 13:06 by Mike Filippidis


We will be attending the great Memorabilia and Comic Con at the NEC Birmingham on the 22-23 March 2014.

If you're there come and say hello and don't forget to tweet a photo of any droids you see to @UKR2builders


Return of the Garrison!

posted 29 Sep 2013, 04:14 by Mike Filippidis   [ updated 29 Sep 2013, 04:22 ]

On the 23rd of September 2013, the UK R2 Builders attended the National Space Center which held a convention to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Return of the Jedi!

The listed events were (besides us of course!) The Reunion of Ewoks!! The actors, Brian Wheeler, Alan Bennett, Sarah Bennett, Katy Purvis, Kiran Shah, Danny Blackner and Peter Burroughs were all there, as well as the man whose reputation is bigger than an Exogorths stomach, Warwick Davis!




This was the second time UK R2 Builders have met Warwick, UK Builder, James Short " I can honestly say, I've gone from being a fan of his work to a fan of him. He is one of the hardest working and dedicated people I've ever met, so down to earth and willing to talk to fans".







Warwick chatted to the group for about half an hour after the show just to ask us about out droids!  He was a big fan of them! 

Warwick was more than happy allowing us to take some photos of him with the droids and the group










The UK R2 Builders were asked to give a talk and we were happy to oblige! Both Brad and James presented on stage to the crowds.

We kept it to who we are, what an astromech is and the basics of building one and where to find out more information.  We we got a lot of good feedback for it and hope to be asked again!






We were lucky enough to bump into Peter Brebner. He's a costumer in the UK with a great Threepio costume, so we were able to set up some photo ops for everyone that went down a treat :) 

Again, we couldn't resist a nice photo with our droids and us too ;)







We would like to give out a big THANK YOU to all of the UK Garrison - you guys are all great and have a wonderful community. Also to Malika at the NSC for organizing the event and make us so welcome. 
Thanks to all of the actors that we met during the weekend, it was great to meet you all and share your stories.

We can't wait for next time!

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